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Berkeley Rapper Pays Homage to Late Walnut Creek Skateboarder

Lil B has a new rap with a video set at the Walnut Creek Skate Park, where 20-year-old Tucker Hacking died Jan. 29 after a skateboard accident.

The East Bay saw two fatal skateboarding accidents just days apart last week — and .

While the Berkeley community , the story of Hacking touched the heart of rapper Lil B of Berkeley.

In the You Tube video of Lil B's "I Own Swag", Lil B strolls the Walnut Creek skate park in business attire with a patterned blue shirt and pink tie. He chats with some skateboarders at the park where Hacking was a regular known as THacks. The video shows a glimpse of a newspaper article about Hacking's death Jan. 29, two days after he tumbled off a skateboard on Juanita Drive on the border of Walnut Creek and Lafayette.

Lil B, 22, is known for solo work and recording with the group the Pack.

The organizers of a Facebook site, "Help Create Tucker Hacking Memorial Skate Park," have said they plan to present a petition to the Walnut Creek City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 21. to rename the park in Hacking's honor. The Facebook petition was climbing toward 1,500 signatures Monday.

Hacking's former employer, Play-Well TEKnologies (which teaches engineering to children), has announced a Tucker Hacking Scholarship Fund. Play-Well says it set up the Tucker Hacking Just Have Fun Scholarship Fund at his family's request.

What do you think of Lil B's homage to Tucker Hacking? Let us know in the commments.

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